DefinitionConducting a conference between two or more participants at different sites by using computer networks to transmit audio and video data.
Objectives of using videoconferencing in DE Distance Learning Videoconferencing increases efficiency by:1. Saving travel time and expenses.2. Increasing an instructors audience.3. Maintaining the ability for interaction between teachers and students.
Cont ……. Many schools are currently using videoconferencing systems for a variety of purposes, including:1. Traditional courses.2. Connecting with guest speakers and experts.3. Multi-school project collaboration.4. Enabling teachers to share information and team-up with teachers in remote sites.5. Virtual field trips to museums, zoos, aquariums, institutions and other interesting locations that are geographically distant from the school.
Features Of VideoConferencing1. Interactive2. Lock Function3. Save Function4. Multiple Pages5. Application Sharing6. Chat Feature
Advantages Of VideoConferencing1. Reduces Travel Expenses2. Saves Time3. Increases Productivity4. Increases Collaboration5. Improves Communication6. Allows Multi-point Meetings Across Time Zones & International Boundaries
Limitations Of VideoConferencing1. Personal Aspect.2. Time Zone.3. Extra Training.4. Free Systems.5. High Price.6. Stability of your connections.7. Limited to a certain number of users at the same time.8. Audio quality with large groups.
How Video Conferencing UsedTo Deliver And Support Learning1. a document camera for displaying overhead-type graphics, information from books, photographs and small objects.2. a slide projector.3. a PC link for displaying presentation packages, spreadsheets and databases4. a video recorder.5. a whiteboard for spontaneous writing
Concerns Raised ByResearchers And DistanceStudents/Tutors About VideoConferencingearly evidence did point to videoconferencing being dominated by the lecture format (Dallat, Frazer, Livingston, & Robinson, 1992; Freeman,1998; Mason, 1998; Oliver & Reeves, 1996).
Case Studies/Examples.Using Interactive Video Conferencing for Teaching a Doctoral Programme at Open University Malaysia.. Video conferencing has endless possibilities. What was once perceived as a complex and complicated technology has become extremely user friendly.http://www.google.ae/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=open+university+and+video+conferencing&source=web&c d=5&cad=rja&ved=0CFAQFjAE&url=http%3A%2F%2Fpeoplelearn.homestead.com%2FVideo Conf.AAOU2.doc&ei=2- zQUObOFsjlrAfOrYHICg&usg=AFQjCNEWSRi1Zx8VRfUcSN4fWc3vgXqudA